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The holiday season comes with traditions for communities across the country and the world, and for Starkville, one such tradition is Mike Goreeâ€™s annual role as Santa Claus around the community.
Goree has played the role for many years and has featured as Santa Claus in more than 25 of Starkvilleâ€™s annual Christmas parades.
All signs point to Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State University working more symbiotically on MSUâ€™s South Entrance Road project. But county supervisors say they still need some assurances from the university before allowing MSU to connect its road to a county road.
The finishing touches are going in at Unity Park and organizers remain hopeful that, after years of waiting, the park will finally be ready to open for a planned unveiling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Starkville School District Athletic Director Stan Miller has delayed his planned retirement, in part due to changes in SSDâ€™s strategy for replacing him.
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen decided at its Tuesday meeting to put off a decision on a multi-million dollar purchase of Cadence Bankâ€™s downtown headquarters to turn into a new police station, choosing instead to seek further information on the issue.
Christmas came early for children at University of Mississippi Medical Centerâ€™s sickle cell disease clinic in Jackson.
Flo Henley remembers the apartment where Angela Lindsey used to live with her four children.Â
She was part of the Starkville Habitat for Humanity family selection committee that visited the apartment, and she said it only had two rooms, with Lindseyâ€™s four children all living in one of those rooms. They slept, she said, on a bunk bed and one single bed with a trundle.Â
Oktibbeha County supervisors put to bed its comprehensive planning process Monday during its last scheduled meeting of 2014.
The board unanimously approved a resolution establishing the countyâ€™s comprehensive plan, which is meant to be a roadmap for land use and development in the county for the next 20-25 years.
As the holiday giving season hits full stride, Starkville native and NBA player Travis Outlaw is giving back to his hometown by offering 600 free turkeys to families for Christmas.